Post Con

34th Congress of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie

We checked in on the Montreal-based Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), which held its Congress in Scotland for the first time.


After its 2013 Congress, SIU found itself “soul-searching” to “make this meeting a ‘must’ on [physicians’] professional agendas,” SIU Congress Director Valérie Guillet said. That included reducing the time attendees spend away from their practices — so SIU condensed the program from five days to four. “Conducting the exercise of removing a day helped our scientific committee to focus on the must-have issues,” Guillet said, “and make the meeting leaner and more efficient.”

It was “a 180-degree improvement” over SIU’s previous take-home programs.


New initiatives included a virtual learning component, revamped formats, a uTech Bar, and Take-Home Tweet project. While attendance at the hands-on uTech Bar was disappointing, more-interactive session formats drew standing-room-only audiences, and the Take-Home Tweet project generated 25,000 Twitter mentions. It was “a 180-degree improvement” over SIU’s previous take-home programs, Guillet said. “A definite keeper for our group.”

Oct. 12–15, 2014
Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC)

2,661 Attendees
40 Exhibitors

2013 Vancouver:
2,524 Attendees
31 Exhibitors


Convene’s Pre-Con/Post-Con series asks meeting planners about their challenges and how they intend to address them (Pre-Con), and then circles back around after the meeting has occurred (Post-Con) to see how well they worked out.

Corin Hirsch

Corin Hirsch is associate editor of Convene.